The Groenendael comes from Belgian Shepherd lines and is a medium-sized elegant dog with spectacular looks. They have a longer muzzle than their Shepherd cousins and a slightly longer neck. Their long black coat requires regular brushing to keep it beautiful and shiny.
Groenendaels make great watch and guard dogs, and if from good breeding lines, should not show any signs of aggression. An early consequent upbringing is important to ensure a well-balanced companion dog. They are easy to train and will thrive on having a job to fulfill. They tend to be quite relaxed and laidback at home, where they will observe and take part in activities. They might even help you with chores like mopping the floor or stacking the dishwasher!
Once outdoors, Groenendaels want to let off steam and run. They benefit from participating in agility or other dog sports as well as from daily long walks.
Groenendaels are gentle and tolerant towards children and truly enjoy family life, devoting all their attention to being part of their family’s life. If you train them well and start early enough, they can become a constant companion wherever you and your family go.
They want to be a part of everything and will love it if you take them with you wherever you go. It’s not that they can’t stay home alone, they just prefer to be part of your everyday life. Once you own a Groenendael you will know his heart belongs to you when his eyes light up each time you come through the door.
|Life expectancy:||13-14 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||average|